Category: Uncategorized

Robot Art

My first “real job” was working for a machine vision guided robotics startup and ever since I’ve been hooked on robots. OK, there is a bit of boyish love of toys there as well but robots have a magical appeal I don’t feel just writing software. So it’s not...

MONOCHRON – Ultimate Pong Clock

I’ve seen a number of cool retro clocks recently but the MONOCHRON takes top honors. The folks at Adafruit have produced a really beautiful open source kit but the clean industrial design by Amanda ‘w0z’ Wozniak sets this clock apart. Nice job … gals....

Snow Leopard Olympic Glory

Ghanaian olympic skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong “The Other Snow Leopard” has overcome some incredible odds just to make it to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Don’t assume Kwame is the “Eddie the Eagle” of 2010 … the man can ski. Granted, the odds aren’t in his favor but we’re pulling...

Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone

I was getting a little tired of my Verizon cell phone plan. Two phones for $69.99 with 700 shared minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile. Problem is the bill was over $86 after the added Verizon and government surcharges/taxes. That’s a lousy deal in anyone’s book. I decided to...

IBM Cell-BE SIgnal Processor

Wow, I’ve been offline for way too long. What would have me so engrossed, you ask? Would you believe a project built off an IBM Cell-BE processor? Now at 45nm, this processor is a small wonder. I must say that I had my doubts when I started to evaluate...

The Embedded Controller arrives from the UK

My ADM5120 Embedded Controller arrived from “across the pond” after what I assume was a short delay by customs. I purchased the board with all the options except I needed a US power supply. I went with a 12 volt 500 mA power supply, the EPS 120050-P5P made by...

Embedded Linux Project

A few weeks ago, I started a small side project using the Freescale ColdFire board I mentioned in a previous post. The board was fun to work with but I quickly found that the lack of memory and a more capable operating system was really getting in my way....

Hacking a NSLU2

As the Linksys NSLU2 NAS device comes to the end of it’s life, now is a good time to pick up one of these devices cheap. I’m thinking of hosting a streaming music server on one of these that will feed my MediaMVP. This also may be the first...

A new project is born …

Check out the brains behind my latest project, a Freescale M52233 demo board that can be purchased for only $40 + S/H from Mouser. This card features: MCF52233 CPU 60Mhz internal Bus 256-Kbyte Flash 32-Kbyte RAM DMA controller with Timers Programmable Interrupt Timer 8ch x 12-Bit ADC QSPI, IIC,...

The cube falls off the net

It was only a matter of time. The mini-ITX system hosting my site was suffering a slow death. It’s been increasing difficult to maintain a machine with a Via C7 core processor running Linux. I’ve moved the video capture system to Ubuntu and I’ll wait before I restore the...